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Exploring Womanhood > Heart of the Home > Craft Projects > Knitting & Crocheting

Cotton Knitted Washcloths


Cotton washcloths are easy to make, and they are so nice to use. This is a perfect project for you if you are interested in any of these things:

  • You want to learn how to knit.

  • You need a "refresher course" on knitting.

  • You just want to make something that's quick and that you can definitely use. (These also make nice little gifts!)
If you want to learn to knit, or need to refresh your memory of it, click here for a great intro to knitting Knitting has only two basic stitches, the knit stitch and the purl stitch, and you will also need to know the purl stitch for this particular pattern. Click here for directions on how to purl stitch.

For one washcloth, you will need:

  • Approximately 1.5 oz. worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, in a 4 oz. ball; Sugar 'N Cream brand would also work well.)

  • Size 7 or 8 knitting needles

You will also need a scissors to cut the yarn, and a crochet hook works well for weaving in the "tails" of yarn when you've finished knitting the washcloth.

Now you are ready to make your washcloth! Here are the directions in three easy steps:

  1. Cast on 40 stitches.

  2. Knit 5 stitches, then purl five stitches. Continue to the end of the row. Do this for five rows, then reverse: purl 5 stitches, then knit five stitches. (You are knitting the washcloth into a pattern of little squares; see photo.) Make 10 rows of squares.

  3. Bind off the stitches, and your washcloth is complete!

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